On 10 June, Suleyman Demirel University in partnership with PaperLab held
a public presentation of the book Rentier Capitalism and Its Discontents: Power, Morality, and Resistance in Central Asia written by Balihar Sanghera and Elmira Satybaldieva.
This book explains and evaluates today’s economic, political, social, and ecological crises through the lens of rentier capitalism and countermovements in Central Asia.
As speakers were the authors themselves, Balihar Sanghera, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research and Elmira Satybaldieva, scholar in Eurasian politics and development based at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent. At the event, they talked about their work shows the mechanisms of rent extraction, their moral justifications and legitimacy, social struggles against them, and much more.
Providing a much-needed theorization of the moral economy and politics of rent, this book offers in-depth case studies on finance, real estate, and natural resources in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.